bha siud ann uaireigin

Scottish GaelicEdit

PhraseEdit

bha siud ann uaireigin

  1. (used at the beginnings of fairytales) once upon a time
    Bha siud ann uaireigin duine a bha...
    Once upon a time there was a man who was...
    (literally, “Once there was a man who was...”)

Usage notesEdit

  • Often siud is replaced by the person, animal, thing etc that "there once was":
    Bha boireannach ann uaireigin leis an robh...Once upon a time there was a woman who had... (literally, “Once there was a woman who had...”)
    Bha starrag ann uaireigin a bha...Once upon a time there was a crow who was... (literally, “Once there was a crow who was...”)